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2015 Pac-12 football schedule
We're three weeks into 2014 ... so let's talk about 2015.The Pac-12 released the full 2015 football schedule Tuesday, which begins the third cycle of scheduling among conference teams since the 2011 expansion.

Meet Booker Mays, the Fainting Goat
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Booker Mays went from gunner to goat on the Arkansas State punt team.A Fainting Goat, to be exact. Perhaps you’ve seen the video of the bizarre fake punt from the second quarter of the Red Wolves’ 41-20 loss on Saturday at Miami by now.

Familiar foe awaits Pitt's Paul Chryst
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Manasseh Garner was playing a different position at a different school in 2010, so forgive him if he does not know exactly how to attack Iowa's defense.

Alabama needs more than Amari Cooper
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Amari Cooper is a game-changing talent at receiver. His ability to catch the football, make one guy miss and take it the distance is uncanny.

Ameer Abdullah makes his way
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- When Ameer Abdullah arrived in the summer of 2011, an unheralded afterthought of a recruit, 5-foot-9 and 172 pounds soaking wet, bent on excelling in a conference loaded with bigger, heftier running backs, there were doubters.

Wake uses Kim K. and Photoshop to recruit
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It isn't entirely original. As Matt Fortuna detailed in this piece last week, schools have been using graphic design and creating fake magazine covers for a while now to amuse and impress recruits.

Mariota's risks will be Ducks' reward
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EUGENE, Ore. -- When Marcus Mariota went airborne last Saturday, diving into the end zone for a second-quarter score against Wyoming, it was as if everyone at Autzen Stadium held their breath.

Campaign Trail: South Carolina
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Which teams will make the College Football Playoff? Ultimately, the selection committee will decide. Until then, there will be a lot of campaigning. Each week we'll unveil what we think one team's campaign message should be.

ECU looks to do it again vs. ACC
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Ruffin McNeill has not approached East Carolina's rugged three-game nonconference stretch here as proving grounds. The fifth-year Pirates coach has always believed his teams belong with whoever they're playing, Power 5 program or not.

After injury delay, Dural fulfilling promise
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Travin Dural had already learned a painful lesson about perspective during his LSU career, even before a late-night car wreck nine days ago placed him in the hospital with a head wound that required 13 stitches to close.

Addazio gives Crowther's parents game ball
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Following Boston College’s upset victory over No. 9 USC on Saturday night -- during which the team paid tribute to former BC lacrosse player Welles Crowther, who was killed saving lives in the Sept.

Familiar foe awaits Pitt's Paul Chryst
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Manasseh Garner was playing a different position at a different school in 2010, so forgive him if he does not know exactly how to attack Iowa's defense.

ACC Upset Watch: Week 4
Two teams we had on upset watch last week ended up losing: Louisville and Virginia Tech. That is all the warning needed for this week's edition.Eds note: We are including ACC underdogs with a chance to pull upsets, too.

Early matchup has appeal for Clemson-FSU
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If Clemson has been busy cooking up a few new wrinkles for Florida State during the bye week, the trigger men on offense certainly aren't tipping their hand.

Wake uses Kim K. and Photoshop to recruit
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It isn't entirely original. As Matt Fortuna detailed in this piece last week, schools have been using graphic design and creating fake magazine covers for a while now to amuse and impress recruits.

ECU looks to do it again vs. ACC
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Ruffin McNeill has not approached East Carolina's rugged three-game nonconference stretch here as proving grounds. The fifth-year Pirates coach has always believed his teams belong with whoever they're playing, Power 5 program or not.

Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
Though next weekend begins the bulk of the key recruiting weekends in ACC play featuring some of the nation's top prospects on campuses within the conference, this past weekend featured a key commitment for Virginia Tech, and one of the Miami Hurricanes' top commitments making an unofficial visit to an SEC power.

Planning for success: Virginia
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In the hours after his team sprung the upset of Louisville on Saturday, Virginia linebacker Henry Coley dialed up head coach Mike London, asking what the protocol was for calling a team meeting Sunday.

ACC morning links: Pitt's passing game
Pitt's off to a 3-0 start, and while some early struggles against FIU last week were enough to put a scare into the Panthers, there's no question they're now squarely in the mix for the Coastal Division.

ACC, playoff boils down to Clemson-FSU?
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- We leave you alone for one weekend, ACC, and this is what you do. That has to be what Clemson and Florida State were thinking as they checked box scores Sunday morning after their bye week.

Big 12 Tuesday mailbag
In Tuesday's mailbag we'll talk Bryce Petty's Heisman hopes, West Virginia's future and Texas' offense. As always, thank you for all of your questions.

A perfect day for Iowa State's Netten
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With one swift swing of his leg, Cole Netten was able to give his dad a great birthday gift, make a memory he won’t soon forget, reward his teammates for their hard work while doing his own job and give Iowa State a 20-17 win over in-state rival Iowa.

Roundtable: Keys for K-State, OU, WVU
With only four teams playing, it’s a light week for the Big 12. But it’s also another monster one, with a couple of nationally relevant matchups in Auburn-Kansas State and Oklahoma-West Virginia.

Cowboys hope to erase run game struggles
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The words of Mike Gundy left no doubt where he stands when the subject of Oklahoma State's running game is broached."We are a very average football team, I think everybody is aware of that," the Cowboys head coach said.

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12
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The upcoming week for the Big 12 will be quiet, as only three games featuring conference teams will take place -- one of those occurring on Thursday. Fortunately, the conference is coming off a dynamic week of football that featured big-time commitments for Oklahoma.

Film review: Swoopes takes next step
AUSTIN, Texas -- Calling Tyrone Swoopes the quarterback of Texas' future still feels premature. But the quarterback of Texas' present is not what some Texas fans have cynically feared.

Planning for success: Kansas State
There are similarities in the ways No. 5 Auburn and No. 20 Kansas State approach moving the ball on offense. But good luck replicating that in practice.

Big 12 morning links
Happy Tuesday to all you NFL fantasy owners of Big 12 legend Darren Sproles. You knew this talk was coming: Kliff Kingsbury has a lot of work to do to earn his rich contract, writes Nicholas Talbot of the Lubbock Avalance-Journal.

Daryl Worley violates WVU rules
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced Monday night that sophomore cornerback Daryl Worley has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

OU forged new defense from WVU debacle
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners' maiden trip to Morgantown two years ago resulted in the lowest point in the history of the Oklahoma defense.The Sooners somehow prevailed in a 50-49 shootout.

Best cross-conference recruiting battles
Some recruits get attention from all over the country. Whether it’s their prowess or proximity to multiple teams, top prospects will have schools from multiple conferences pursuing them.

Recruit and return: UCF Knights
You won’t find UCF in the top 40 of the class rankings, but the Knights currently rank at No. 6 in the American Athletic Conference rankings. After the Knights’ 52-42 victory over Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, here’s a look at how UCF has done on the recruiting trail and what it will need to do moving forward to capitalize on its BCS win.

Chat wrap: College GameDay
Join our ESPN.com college football experts as they preview Saturday's matchups.Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 9 a.m. ET. See you there.

Unfamiliar foes: USF
Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the future American Athletic Conference will see in the fall ends today with USF.

Big East lunchtime links
Have a great weekend! The No. 1 player Paul Dehner Jr. says has to develop for Cincinnati this season is .... Louisville picked up two commitments Thursday.

Aresco looks to the future of the American
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When the calendar turns to July 1 on Monday, the American Athletic Conference officially begins operations.It has been a turmoil-filled two years for the league no longer known as the Big East.

Rising stock of Teddy Bridgewater
The 2013 college football season has the potential to be one of the greatest quarterback classes ever. Eight of the top 10 teams in last year’s final AP Poll return their starting quarterbacks, and every conference except the Big 12 returns either their first- or second-team quarterbacks from last season.

Big East mailbag
Coming at you one day early.Bigg Edd Gladney in Somerset, N.J., writes: Since Pitt will not let Shell return to the team, would it be a good idea for Rutgers or Temple to make a play for him (since he wants to be on the East Coast, close to his daughter and family)?

Big East lunchtime links
Plenty of recruiting news. Receiver Johnny Holton needs to step up for Cincinnati this year. Former Louisville linebacker Otis Wilson is set for induction into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday.

Unfamiliar foes: UConn
Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the future American Athletic Conference will see in the fall continues today with UConn.

Coach: Spartans will 'play to win'
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- After a loss at Oregon two weeks ago, Michigan State may need to run the table to have a shot at making the inaugural college football playoff, but don't expect coach Mark Dantonio to rely on style points to get his 11th-ranked Spartans there.

PSU's 'mad scientist' a boost to defense
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State linebacker Brandon Bell broke out in a big smile Tuesday afternoon when asked to describe his defensive coordinator. He knew he’d offer the same two-word answer that another teammate used.

Conference call: Best of the Big Ten
Another week, another Big Ten coaches' teleconference. Here are some of the highlights from today's session featuring all 14 league coaches:

Ameer Abdullah makes his way
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- When Ameer Abdullah arrived in the summer of 2011, an unheralded afterthought of a recruit, 5-foot-9 and 172 pounds soaking wet, bent on excelling in a conference loaded with bigger, heftier running backs, there were doubters.

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten
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Penn State picked up some good news from the NCAA, which resulted in more positive news on the recruiting trail this weekend. Ohio State solidified its spot in a top target's list, and a few new offers were extended this week.

Planning for success: Michigan
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There is only one team in the country that has racked up a worse turnover margin than Michigan through the first three weeks of the 2014 season.The Wolverines have lost the ball eight times so far this season in a wide variety of ways.

Big Ten morning links
Concerns about the new College Football Playoff and its impact on how we watch games have made their way into the national conversation this week. What took so long?

Big Ten Monday mailbag
Let's cut through the pleasantries -- it wasn't really a pleasant weekend for the Big Ten -- and get right to the mailbag questions. As always -- more than ever, in fact -- thanks for your submissions.

Week 4 gives B1G chance for baby steps
One and ten. Get to know those numbers because they'll be shoved down your throat all week.After the Big Ten's worst two-week stretch in nonconference play since, well, ever, the league sits with a 1-10 record against Power 5 teams and Notre Dame.

B1G early look: Setting up Week 4
The Big Ten is down to its final weekend of widespread nonconference play before mercifully retreating to league games.The conference followed its flop on the big stage in Week 2 by dropping from eight unbeaten teams to two -- Nebraska and Penn State -- in Week 3.

2015 Pac-12 football schedule
We're three weeks into 2014 ... so let's talk about 2015.The Pac-12 released the full 2015 football schedule Tuesday, which begins the third cycle of scheduling among conference teams since the 2011 expansion.

ASU QB Taylor Kelly (foot) ruled out
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State senior quarterback Taylor Kelly will miss the 15th-ranked Sun Devils' next game with a right foot injury, though his status beyond that is uncertain.

Pac-12 by the numbers: Week 4
Here's another look at random stats pertaining to the Pac-12.Hawaii at Colorado WR Nelson Spruce has accounted for 39.7 percent of Colorado's receiving yards, the second-highest percentage in the conference.

Mariota's risks will be Ducks' reward
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EUGENE, Ore. -- When Marcus Mariota went airborne last Saturday, diving into the end zone for a second-quarter score against Wyoming, it was as if everyone at Autzen Stadium held their breath.

Pac-12 QB Power Rankings: Week 3
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The Pac-12 typically has great quarterbacks and good depth at the position, but the 2014 season is particularly stacked behind center. With a few All-American candidates and early NFL draft picks, it’s almost difficult to keep up with who’s doing what to whom’s secondary.

Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12
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The early weeks of the high school and college football seasons slow things down a bit when it comes to Pac-12 recruiting. Only a handful of official visitors made their way to Pac-12 campuses, while a junior college commitment to Arizona was the first addition to the conference in nearly two weeks.

Whittingham, Hoke reunite in Ann Arbor
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During his two-year stint as San Diego State's football coach, Brady Hoke would often make not-so-subtle overtures about his desire to be the head coach at Michigan.

Planning for success: Oregon State
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As Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion inches closer to the league’s all-time passing record, it’s important to remember that the Beavers are looking to make as much of an impact on the ground as in the air.

Pac-12 morning links
Those who are tardy do not get fruit cup.Leading offFor the folks out there who were on the fence about whether Todd Graham was really committed to Arizona State, he's given you half a million reasons to get off it.

A look at backup QBs in the Pac-12
UCLA and Arizona State learned the hard way just how important a backup quarterback can be over the weekend when both Brett Hundley and Taylor Kelly went down with injuries.

Watch: Tennessee recruit delivers incredible, Clowney-esque hit
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Driskel comes full circle with trip to Bama
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Jeff Driskel's baptism into the SEC probably couldn’t have gone any worse in 2011.The stud freshman quarterback anointed to be Florida’s next Tim Tebow was fresh off relief duty in a blowout win over Kentucky when he was unexpectedly thrust into playing No.

Alabama needs more than Amari Cooper
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Amari Cooper is a game-changing talent at receiver. His ability to catch the football, make one guy miss and take it the distance is uncanny.

Watch: Why Spurrier is one of a kind
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SEC Heisman watch: Week 3
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Despite Saturday's loss to South Carolina, Todd Gurley is still among the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy this season.Georgia's stud running back did just about everything he could have to win that game Saturday.

Campaign Trail: South Carolina
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Which teams will make the College Football Playoff? Ultimately, the selection committee will decide. Until then, there will be a lot of campaigning. Each week we'll unveil what we think one team's campaign message should be.

After injury delay, Dural fulfilling promise
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Travin Dural had already learned a painful lesson about perspective during his LSU career, even before a late-night car wreck nine days ago placed him in the hospital with a head wound that required 13 stitches to close.

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC
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As always, there was a ton of recruiting news from around the SEC this past weekend. Ole Miss picked up a commitment, while the Rebels, Gators and Gamecocks all had big visitors for their games Saturday.

Planning for success: Arkansas' statement
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Before the start of spring practice in late May, Bret Bielema noticed a change in his program. It was Year 2 for him at Arkansas, and the dark days of Bobby Petrino and John L.

SEC morning links
It's a fact frequently brought up in Missouri circles but not necessarily around the league, and it's one I find fascinating. The Tigers continued their nation-long active streak of forcing turnovers to 47 consecutive games on Saturday and it started with an interception by Missouri defensive tackle Josh Augusta.


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